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October 2010

Brian Kennedy performs at The Platform

Ireland's most successful ambassadors of music, Brian Kennedy will be performing at the Platform on Friday 12th November. Brian is not only a prolific songwriter but also a master interpreter of lyrics. Audiences around the world continue to praise his exceptional vocal talent.

In Review: The Silver Dogs at Lancaster Priory

Who: Silver Dogs Where: Lancaster Priory Reviewed By A.M.Beddows A Lancashire audience was enraptured by a special folk rock concert at the Priory Church, Lancaster on the 15th October. Fresh from their theatre tour of the North West, premier folk rock band Silver Dogs played two faultless and brilliant sets to a full audience /congregation of music lovers last Friday evening.

Challenging times for Council, says Leader Langhorn

Council leader Stuart Langhorn has told virtual-lancaster the next few years will be "challenging" as it adapts to the cuts to its funding from central government announced as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review. "The headline figure of a 28 per cent cut to local government budgets over the next four years will be very challenging for the District Council," he confirmed.

The Dukes starts a search for 'A Little Voice'

A Little Voice will be in big demand at The Dukes in Lancaster in the spring. In its first outing since an award-winning run in the West End last year, The Dukes will be staging its own production of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, from 24th March - 16th April 2011.

NSPCC Christmas Fair next week

Lancaster NSPCC committee have organised their first ever exclusive NSPCC Christmas Gift Fair at the Midland Hotel on Thursday 4th November from 10am – 3.30pm Over 20 fabulous stalls will be offering a wide range of gifts for adults, teenagers and children, including: toys and games, children's books, jewellery, kitchenware, gentlemen's accessories, ladieswear, food and drink, crafts and...

Five investigated for benefit fraud following scrap metal operation

Five people will be investigated for benefit fraud following an operation targeting scrap metal thefts in Morecambe. Officers and PCSOs carried out checks on vehicles, their drivers, passengers and contents at the White Lund Industrial Estate on Monday in order to clamp down on the amount of stolen scrap metal being transported across the area.

UK’s top outdoor writers and photographers descend on district

The UK’s top outdoor writers and photographers will be descending on Lancaster next weekend (5 - 7th November) for their annual general meeting.

Police appeal after canal viaduct stonework stolen

Police are appealing for information after eight ornamental stones were stolen were stolen from the viaduct over the River Lune at Caton Road in Lancaster. The incident happened at the between Monday 27th September and Friday 1st October. Offenders have approached the bridge and dislodged some of the balustrades before moving them to a concealed location by the bridge.

Award-winning play blows in to The Dukes

What happens when family becomes just a game for other people to watch? Find out at The Dukes on Friday 12th November. The Lancaster theatre will be hosting the award-winning play Blowing, a darkly comedic story of a disintegrated family which no-one has got round to leaving yet. Jules Bradley has it all. Devoted husband, high achieving kids, 45-years-old but she doesn’t look a day over 21.

Local Friends of Chernobyl's Children group launched, seeks volunteers

Following a successful launch meeting earlier this month, the Lancaster Group of the Friends of Chernobyl’s Children has been formed.

Local author (and virtual-lancaster slave) launches SciFi Art Now book

virtual-lancaster contributor John Freeman has been involved in comics and science fiction for over 25 years, but this month sees the publication of his first factual book – SciFi Art Now.

M6 Link Road given go ahead despite spending cuts?

Local campaigners arguing for cheaper alternatives to the planned M6 Link Road north of Lancaster have slammed the government's decision to give it a qualified go ahead.

Have the Police found your bike?

Local police are hoping to reunite owners with their bicycles after a stash of suspected stolen bikes were found in a Morecambe house. Officers discovered around 12 - 15 bicycles – some of which had been broken down into parts – in a basement workshop in Oxford Road in September. A 32-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of theft and is currently on bail pending further inquiries.

People have their say on public services

Officers from Lancaster City Council were out and about last week asking people their views on public services at a series of ‘listening days’. The events were an opportunity for the council to gauge the public mood in the week of the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) and for people to talk about priorities and reductions in services provided by the council and other public bodies.

Comical Hallowe'en Horror stalks the streets of Lancaster!

Lancaster's First Age Comics is making its annual Hallowe'en celebrations something of an event, offering prizes to anyone who turns up in costume to buy their favourite comics this weekend. We doubt few will sport this fabulous mask created by ace artist Bill McConkey (because it's a limited edition and as far as we know, only our very own John Freeman has a copy in Lancaster, the weird man).

Hallowe'en horror at The Dukes!

Celebrate Halloween at The Dukes this weekend with one of the most frightening films ever made... The Shining (15) stars Jack Nicholson in Stanley Kubrick’s terrifying masterpiece and was the choice of regular filmgoers at The Dukes who were asked which scary movie they would like to see screened for Hallowe'en.

CCTV to be cut in Lancaster and Morecambe?

Lancaster and Morecambe may lose some of its CCTV coverage as well as its Police Community Support Officers as part of new savings the Council will need to make as government funding cuts bite, the City's Chief Executive has told virtual-lancaster.

Keep Safe - Keep a Light on to stop Crime

750 free timer switches were given out to people in Carnforth, Lancaster, Morecambe and Silverdale last week in a bid to improve home security. Photo courtesy Lancashire Constabulary Local residents are being asked to leave a light on when they go out – so that it looks like someone is still at home.

Planning the Future: Council Calls for Public Help

Lancaster City Council has put out an appeal to local people to help shape the future development of the district.

Local Greens condemn Lancashire Constabulary proposal to sack PCSOs

Local Green Party councillors are urging the Lancashire Police Authority not to dismiss all of Lancashire's Police Community Support Officers to make savings cuts. As we reported last week, the county's 427 PCSOs have been handed redundancy notices that could lead to them all being dismissed in March 2011.